Diwali safety campaign launches

A campaign to keep families safe during the Hindu festival of Diwali is being launched in Leicester today.

Safety advice issued for Diwali festival in Leicester

Leicester Fire and Rescue have launched a safety campaign today to keep people out of harm during this year's festival celebrations.

They have issued a list of safety advice, which have been displayed on greetings cards, flyers and posted throughout the city:

  • Never overfill your karahi with oil. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Never leave your karahi unattended with the heat switched on.
  • Use only enough ghee for a diva to last your puja. Make sure it rests securely on a surface which will not melt or burn. At all times keep the flame at a safe distance from curtains, decorations, or clothing.
  • Be discreet with your valuables/money and when wearing jewellery ensure it is not on show.
  • When you go out, make sure you lock your doors and windows - even if you are going out for a short time. Consider using a timer switch for lights and a radio if you go out in the evening or overnight.

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Diwali safety campaign launched in Leicester

A Diwali safety campaign has been launched today in Belgrave, in Leicester. The campaign includes the distribution of 12,000 greetings cards to homes across the city, to give out crime prevention advice and safety messages.

The greetings cards being handed out Credit: ITV News Central

Flyers and posters with similar messages will also be given to schools and other community buildings to reinforce the message.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue hold a demonstration Credit: ITV News Central

The launch of the campaign was marked with a demonstration of how to cook Diwali food safely. It was given by the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to parents at Mellor Primary School.

Diwali safety campaign gets underway in Leicester

Belgrave Road in Leicester during last year's celebrations Credit: ITV News Central

A campaign to keep families safe during the Hindu festival of Diwali is being launched in Leicester today.

Parents at Mellor Primary will be shown how to cook safely.

12,000 greeting cards containing advice will also be delivered to homes in the city.

The cards contain crime prevention and safety messages which are translated into Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi.